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  • Jake Butt: Retires from football

    The Bears placed Butt on the retired list Wednesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

    Butt signed with Chicago in mid-June but will hang up his cleats rather than compete for a roster spot in camp. The 26-year-old's professional career was derailed by injuries since being selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. Over his four years in the league, Butt appeared in just eight games.

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  • Bears' Jake Butt: Signs with Bears

    Butt signed with the Bears on Friday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports.

    Injuries have defined Butt's career thus far. A highly-rated tight end in college, Butt tore his ACL in his final bowl game for Michigan and slipped to the fifth round of the 2017 draft. He missed all of his rookie season due to injury and all of the 2019 season as well. His entire NFL experience to date consists of three games in 2018 and five in 2020, as he also battled injuries in both of those years There's presumably still some talent here if he stays healthy, but the Bears will likely be happy if he can just manage to stay on the field.

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  • Jake Butt: Won't stay in Denver

    The Broncos didn't tender a contract to Butt on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

    Selected one pick ahead of George Kittle in the 2017 NFL Draft, Butt has accumulated only 10 receptions for 90 yards over four career NFL games. The Michigan standout was viewed as a top tight end prospect during his senior campaign, but a torn ACL suffered during an Orange Bowl loss to Florida State kept him from making a single appearance as a rookie. Knee and hamstring issues have continued to hamper Butt throughout his career. Now seemingly back to 100 percent after being lifted from injured reserve Dec. 31, Butt has the opportunity to pursue a backup role elsewhere.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Officially comes off IR

    Butt (hamstring) was removed from injured reserve Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

    Butt's most recent game appearance came Week 6 at New England, but he was ruled out the subsequent contest against Kansas City and moved to IR a week after that on Nov. 3. The tight end hardly made a peep in the passing game over his first five appearances of 2020, registering two catches for five yards on an offensive workload of 22.8 snaps per contest. With Noah Fant still secured atop the depth chart, Butt carries minimal upside as a depth option for Denver's 28th-ranked pass offense.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Trending in right direction

    The Broncos designated Butt (hamstring) for a return from injured reserve Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.

    Butt has resided on injured reserve since Nov. 3 with the hamstring issue, but the team will now have 21 days to officially activate the tight end. Only Noah Fant and Nick Vannett are the healthy tight ends on the roster, so Butt's inclusion in the lineup will bolster the depth if he's officially activated.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Moves to injured reserve

    Butt (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    The 25-year-old missed the past two games due to the hamstring injury and will now be sidelined for at least three additional contests. Albert Okwuegbunam and Nick Vannett (foot) should continue to work as the reserve tight ends behind starter Noah Fant for Denver.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Can't go against Chargers

    Butt (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers.

    Butt was able to log three limited sessions during the practice week, but it's now been determined he'll miss his second consecutive contest. It seemed possible the third-year tight end may be able to suit up for the AFC West clash given his partial availability, but this update indicates tight end depth will be depleted behind No. 1 and 2 options Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Considered questionable for Sunday

    Butt (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

    Butt missed last week's blowout loss to the Chiefs, but a trio of limited practices this week will leave the door open for a Week 8 return. He'll be the No. 3 tight end upon returning to the field, as rookie Albert Okwuegbunam has proven to be a solid pass catcher behind top option Noah Fant.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Limited at Wednesday's practice

    Butt (hamstring) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

    The 25-year-old sat out Sunday's loss to the Chiefs after being considered questionable, but he's back at practice Wednesday. Butt could receive the questionable tag again if he's unable to progress to full practice participation by Friday.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Out Week 7

    Butt (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game versus Kansas City, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

    The 25-year-old played a season-high 39 offensive snaps last week but won't be available for Week 7 due to the hamstring issue. Noah Fant (ankle) is back in action Sunday, so it's unlikely Butt would have factored into the passing game regardless.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Questionable to face Chiefs

    Butt (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

    Butt played a season-high 61 percent of offensive snaps against New England in Week 6, but he didn't draw a single target. Top tight end Noah Fant (ankle) is on track to return Sunday, so even if Butt were forced to sit out, Denver's offense wouldn't be affected much.

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  • Broncos' Jake Butt: Stringing together strong practices

    Butt has impressed thus far at camp, Benjamin Allbright of KOA News Radio reports.

    Butt was a stud at Michigan, but knee injuries have limited him to just three games in three seasons in Denver. Quality practice reps aside, Butt has a steep climb to make the final roster. Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam represent the future of the position in Denver while Andrew Beck offers fullback versatility. Assuming that the Broncos carry just four tight ends, Butt will have to beat out Troy Fumagalli and Nick. Vannett, the latter of whom would be cost-prohibitive to cut.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 250 lbs
Birthplace: Pickerington, OH
Age: 29
School: Michigan
Experience: 4